After a crazy ass 7 hour bus ride south through winding roads up and down mountains, we finally made it to Vang Vieng, Laos. There was roughly 7 times on that ride i thought we were going to die due to heavy fog, small roads filled with potholes and nothing blocking cars from just flying off the edge, oh and random groups of cows/bulls just roaming in the middle of the streets. Anyways, Vang Vieng is a backpacker/tourist city now surrounded by more karst mountains with a river right through it. The first night we thought we were going to take it easy to get ready for a crazy day of tubing but soon we ended up at a “happy” or “magic” bar where I got pretty messed up. I wish i could tell you more, but after 3 days, much of the night is still kinda fuzzy. I do remember some English dude trying to start sh*t with me cause I’m American but I managed to remain calm cause a hottie English girl did a good job of distracting me from him. Cheers love!
And now for the tubing explanation for those that don’t
know. The biggest tourist attraction in Laos is tubing in Vang Vieng. Around noon, you rent regular innertubes and a tuktuk will drive you 15 minutes up river and it starts out like a lazy river, except there are bars lining both banks with parties and craziness going on everywhere. Each bar has an attraction, like rope swings, huge slides which drop you like 20-30 feet, ziplines and more. Each bar also offers free shots of different drinks, drinking games, anything to mess you up before you hop back on a tube and start floating to the next bar. Thats the nice way of putting this day into words, somewhere along the way, you start getting sayings like “Sex Me” or “F*cking Ay” spray painted on your chest and back, drawn on, wrist bands, cuts, headbands that say you have crabs, bites (from both the females and bugs), your money and everything gets soaked (i didnt bring a camera for this reason, thats why no photos, sorry). The next thing you know its almost completely dark, the water is getting freezing and you realize you need to have your tube back by 8, when someone warns you that you are
still over an hour paddle away and its 7:50. Thats when we jumped out and paid for tuktuks to take us back to the tubing place and walked to our hotel to shower before going out for dinner. Extremely fun, but wears you out after.
The next day we headed south to the sleepiest or quietest capital I have ever seen, Vientiane. Its a charming city, but most of the attractions here are temples, which i have seen enough of for now. I used this time to catch some sleep and send a package home with some stuff i havent been using and some things i bought before heading to a rooftop bar which was full of more ladyboys, probably cause we are close to Thailand again, but i was careful this time, lol. I was expecting the cost to be high to send a package home, but it came out to around $50 and should take 3 months to get home by ship, I can’t wait to see if it does. Now I am heading to the airport to catch a flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Back to restricted internet again and no facebook. I will see if
i can steal some other peoples photos and post them here since i didnt really use my camera much these last few days, so check back. Later!
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